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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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She got into my albuterol JA: I'll do all I can to help.

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She got into my albuterol
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: She vomited 4-5 times yesterday and has not eaten for 2 days
JA: The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Pumpkin
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Pumpkin?
Customer: She just lays around and is panting heavily
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Significant toxicity can occur in small animals after oral overdoses or when dogs bite into the metered dose inhalers containing albuterol. Clinical signs of significant overdose may include: arrhythmias (irregular heart rates/tachycardia/fast irregular heart rate and extrasystole/extra beats), hypertension, fever, vomiting, mydriasis (wide open pupils), tremors, and central nervous system stimulation. Hypokalemia (low serum potassium level) and hypophosphatemia (low serum phosphorus level) can occur as well. This isn't something you can treat at home. Beta-blocking agents such as atenolol or metoprolol are given if cardiac arrhythmias require treatment. Diazepam (Valium) can be used for tremors and IV fluids containing either potassium or phosphorus may be required. Please bring Pumpkin to her vet at your earliest convenience.